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Get on your bike!

Until recently, my mountain bike was sat in a corner, gathering dust. The pedometer was steadfastly set to ‘sleep’ mode, and the tyres were slowly but surely deflating.

Over the past few weeks, however, I’ve enjoyed discovering some of Sydney’s finest cycle paths and trails, not to mention the sense of achievement that comes with racking up another 30 kilometres on that smug little pedometer.

So, if you have a bike laying idle in the shed, here are a few great tracks that might just inspire you to get out and about.

Sans Souci to Cronulla
23km, mainly cycle paths
Road bike or mountain bike
Family friendly

Park your car in one of the many car parks along The Grand Parade and set off south along the clearly marked cycle path. The path will take you around Dolls Point to the St George Sailing Club. Cross the bridge to the south side and follow the cycle path signs which will direct you through an industrial estate and back on to a beautiful cycle path skirting Woolooware Bay. The path continues along Captain Cook Drive before heading into Cronulla along Elouera Road. Retrace your steps to get back.

Seaforth to Manly
16km, mainly cycle paths
Road bike or mountain bike
Family friendly

This track begins at Baringa Avenue in Seaforth where you can park the car. The ride takes you along  the Burnt Bridge Deviation before crossing Condamine Street in Balgowlah where you can follow the signs to Manly Lagoon. The cycle path continues through the Lagoon, taking you to the north end of Manly beach. Follow the track all the way along the beach to Shelly Beach where you can have a picnic before riding back. If you’re feeling fit, you can ride up to North Head via Darley Road – but beware, it’s a steep climb!

Cronulla to Botany Bay National Park
20 km, cycle paths and road
Mountain bike preferable in parts
Family friendly

Set off from Dunningham Park along the beachfront, cycling north. When you get to Lucas Reserve, cycle up through Bate Bay Road. Whilst much of this is gravel, you will have to navigate some sandy patches. Follow the track as far as you can before turning left to join Captain Cook Drive. There is a cycle lane along the road, but be aware that this part of the road is busy. Continue along Captain Cook Drive until you get to Kurnell. Here you can cycle into and around Botany Bay National Park taking Solander Drive around to Cape Bailey.

On the return journey, follow Captain Cook Drive back towards Cronulla, turning onto Elouera Road to  take you back to your car.

Uloola Track, Royal National Park
12km, all off-road
Mountain bike only
Tough but manageable if you take it easy

Park in the train station carpark at Waterfall, south of Sydney. Turn left outside the station and take the Uloola Track, signposted on your left. You can take your bike around 5.5 km along the track, which is rocky and steep in places. After 5.5 km you can leave your bikes and walk to a series of waterfalls, before riding back. Watch out for snakes basking in the morning sun.

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About the Author

Lizzy has more than ten years’ experience in the print and digital publishing arena and is the Editor at Single File. Having moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, Lizzy has worked for a number of leading publishers in Sydney and has particular expertise in the health, wellness and travel markets. If you have any questions for Lizzy, you can send them across by email to lizzy@singlefile.com.au.



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